Resources

Here at Adélie Psychology we are keen to share helpful information so have been building up our resources page to help parents, carers and teachers talk to children about coronavirus. There are also some links for young people and adults about how to manage difficult thoughts and feelings at this uncertain time. There are leaflets, articles, animations, social stories, an eBook and infographic. We hope you find the resources shared here useful.

Tips for talking to children about coronavirus

Public Health England guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
The British Psychological Society (BPS) advice about talking to children about coronavirus
Young Minds Parents Helpline experts’ 10 tips on talking about coronavirus with your child

Social Stories and animations to help children understand coronavirus and it’s impact on their lives

Coronavirus: A book for children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (illustrator of the Gruffalo)
A book for primary school age children about coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
My Story about Pandemics and the Coronavirus by Carol Gray
Social story explaining pandemics and coronavirus
Time to come in, Bear by Kim St. Lawrence
An animated story to help younger children understand the current situation of social isolation and lockdown
Covibook by Manuela Molina
Written for under 7s in different languages to help explain coronavirus and explore feelings surrounding it

Tips for young people and adults about how to manage difficult thoughts & feelings linked to coronavirus

FACE COVID by Dr Russ Harris
A 5 minute animation about the steps we can take to respond effectively to our difficult thoughts and feelings about coronavirus
FACE COVID eBook by Dr Russ Harris
‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona
crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
FACE COVID infographic by Dr Russ Harris
ACT advice for difficult thoughts and feelings by ACT Auntie
A 3.5 minute animation using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) about how to manage difficult thoughts and feelings
Doing what matters in times of stress: an illustrated guide by the World Health Organisation is a stress management guide for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises.
Informed by evidence and extensive field testing, the guide is for anyone who experiences stress, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
By Kirstie Brewer BBC News
A list of helpful mental health helplines produced by the NHS